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First off today, the UK Crown Copyright, which holds copyright in all works created by the government, has phased out a click-use license, which allowed anyone to use the content if they agreed to a set of terms, to a Creative Commons-compatible one. The license, which is compatible with the CC-BY license has still drawn some controversy as many want to see it placed under CC Zero, effectively public domain, which would bring it more in line with the United States.
Next up today we have what many will think to be a repeat of yesterday’s story about a Chinese author suing James Cameron over Avatar, but today it’s a British Columbia man named Emil Malak who is doing the suing. According to Malak, the movie bears a strong resemblance to “Terra Incognita”, a screenplay he wrote in 1998.
Finally today, a recent study by Consumer Focus in the UK found that some 40% of adults surveyed could not name a single legitimate music downloading service and, of those who could, 95% could only name two, most commonly iTunes and Amazon. Industry reps, however, countered by citing their own, larger survey, which found that awareness of legal alternatives was “almost universal”.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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